Sofa Safari Summer Camp at the Maryland Zoo

-- Registration opens today for this twist on the traditional Zoo summer camp -- BALTIMORE, MD – While traditional summer camp at the Zoo is not possible this year, the Zoo is offering a new twist on summer camp with Sofa Safaris! Children can join the Zoo’s animals and educators for a 4-day Zoo adventure, right from their sofa--or favorite chair! ...

Adult Summer Camp

Why should kids have all the fun? Finally, adults have the chance to enjoy the most popular features ...

First of its Kind Kickstarter Campaign Launched to Help Save Endangered African Penguins

African penguin populations have been declining for the past few decades. The Maryland Zoo, an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), is joining with the AZA and other accredited aquariums and zoos to take action and help reverse this trend. Today, they are launching the “Invest In The Nest” campaign on Kickstarter, the ...

Student Questions at BaseCamp

The Maryland Zoo does not currently exhibit tigers, red pandas, or armadillos. The Zoo’s exhibits focus on three major geographic regions — Africa, Maryland, and the Arctic. Lions, elephants, giraffes and chimpanzees are some examples of the African animals featured in the African Journey section of the Zoo. Polar bears, northern ravens, Arctic foxes ...

flamingo
Student Questions at BaseCamp

Flamingos often stand on one leg when resting or sleeping. The question that comes to mind is, why stand on just one foot when (at least for people) it is easier to stand on two legs? There are several theories for why flamingos exhibit this behavior. Some of them are rather absurd. For example, at least one source suggests that flamingos stand on one leg ...

Animal Questions from Base Camp Discovery

In the wild, lions typically live between 14-16 years, with very few lions living beyond 18years of age. In captivity, lions may live up to 30 years. — Jane Marlow, School Programs Instructor

Student Questions at Base Camp

questions by students from the Base Camp Discovery Mail Box Answers by Jane Marlow, School Program Instructor Camels are herbivores, meaning they are adapted to eat plants. They are not picky eaters, eating many thorny, dry plants that other animals avoid. This makes them very well-suited for desert life, as food might be hard to find. They can also ...

Student Questions at Base Camp Discovery

Jennifer asks: Do zebras eat carrots? Wild zebras are mainly grazers, which means they primarily eat the leaves, stems flowers and seeds of grasses and herbs. They clip off the plants with their broad front teeth (incisors) and grind them up to make them easier to digest with their flattened back teeth (molars and premolars). Grasses, in particular, are ...

Student Questions at Base Camp Discovery

Anonymous Student Asks: This is a tricky question depending on what you mean by the biggest. The heaviest animal that we have at the Zoo is Tuffy, our bull African Elephant. Tuffy is approximately ten feet tall at the shoulder and weighs around 9500 pounds. Our three female elephants range from 7100 to 8000 pounds and from seven and a half to nine feet ...

Student Art from Base Camp Discovery

Here is a small sampling of the artwork done by visiting students at the Base Camp Discovery Education Center. The art work is placed in the specially designed Base Camp Discovery Mailbox and then displayed on the Base Camp Discovery bulletin board for a few days. Some select pictures will be featured in the Maryland Zoo Blog. Students may also ask questions ...

Student questions from Base Camp Discovery

Natalie asks: Most plants make their own food! Using the energy from sunlight captured by special cells in their leaves and sometimes their stems, plants can combine carbon dioxide and water to make sugar! They use the energy stored in this sugar to breath and grow. Plants also take up vitamins and minerals (nutrients) primarily from the ground through ...

Polar Bears International

Preserving a Future for Polar Bears Across the Arctic: Polar Bears International is the only conservation organization solely dedicated to wild polar bears. Through research, education, and advocacy they work to inspire people to care about the Arctic and its connection to our global climate. Join this virtual Field Talk to learn more about leading polar ...